Tis the season to be snotty cough cough cough cough cough cough cough cough sneeeeeeze. Uuurgh, Winter. It’s cold, depressing and the season of the inevitable flu. But what if you could prevent the flu, or at the very least reduce its debilitating symptoms? Well dear reader, you can!!! *Angels descend and sing hallelujah*
Sweat it Out
Understandably you probably won’t feel up to an intense workout, but mild to moderate exercise can benefit cold sufferers. Exercise will encourage you to take deep breathes opening up your airways. Plus, the release of endorphins will improve your mood.
Sleep it Off
Sleep deprivation leaves your immune system weak, thus your body is more vulnerable to colds. When you are sleepy your immune system struggles to fight of invades, so snuggle up under a duvet and catch up on some zzz’s whilst your body rests and recuperates.
Soothe it with Hot beverages
Honey and lemon hot toddy an amino acid L-theanine in green tea has been found to prevent colds
Vitamin C it off
Vitamin C has long been documented as the go to vitamin for suppressing a cold. Oranges, kiwis, strawberries and leafy greens are all high in vitamin C. Zinc has also been found to shorten the duration of colds and some studies believe vitamin D gives the immune system a well needed boost during the winter months. Probiotics are great for treating gastrointestinal ailments and apparently they support the immune system too. To be honest the best defence is to eat a nutritious balanced diet to ensure your immune system is strong and capable of fighting viruses, bacterium and other diseases.
A hot steamy environment like the shower acts as a natural decongestant. For an extra airway clearing boost, add a few drops of essential oil such as eucalyptus, which is antimicrobial. Alternatively fill a bowl with hot water, add a few menthol crystals, put a towel over your head and breathe deeply for a few minutes.
Wash it Away
Viruses spread like wild fire through homes, offices and pretty much any public place, therefore surfaces and hands ought to be frequently washed. According to studies, using hand sanitizer can cut your risk of catching a cold by up to 50%.
Get on the meds, son
Many people believe antibiotics are the answer to defeating the common cold. Those people are mistaken. A cold is a virus, not a bacterium, so antibiotics will do nothing to help but may actual cause future harm. Unnecessarily taking antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, which is becoming a major worldwide issue. You are best taking over the counter paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to treat sinus, throat, head and muscle pain.
Don’t let flu season get you down. X